When Giant Robots Weren't Japanese National Monuments...


Do you remember that time? They were simpler, to be sure. Gigantic robots were an animator's dream, and they brought it to life in an endless combination of robots with guns, transformers, spaceships, androids, and more. Sometimes the robots were made up of a few smaller robots. Sometimes the robots were sentient, other times not. And sometimes they were but tools in humanity's struggle to fight off the invasions of impossibly powerful alien forces. Robotech was a chapter of the latter persuasion. The robots might not have had their own minds, but they can do lots of cool things, and without them mankind would be doomed. Sadly, the same could be said for the Robotech series if it weren't for A&E picking up the rights to it and re-releasing the entire series on DVD. In a way, it's a public service to fans of gigantic robots and the cartoons they inhabit. Robotech is part of a larger legacy, and it would be shame it fell to obscurity like some sort of missing link in the much studied chain of giant robot evolution.

Here at JustPressPlay, we want to do our part to preserve this piece of giant robot history, so we're giving away a copy of Robotech: The Complete Original Series on DVD. Want it? Keep reading to find out how you can get it.

Long before the current live action Transformers franchise took over the box office and introduced giant alien robots to a new generation, there was a sweeping animated sci-fi epic that delivered “mecha” to the masses: Robotech.  Arriving on U.S. airwaves in the mid-80s via syndication, the legendary space opera – one of the very first anime imports -- helped to usher in the multi-billion dollar anime industry and now, through the cult classic curators at A+E Networks Home Entertainment, the influential series will be reborn on DVD.  Working in close conjunction with original Robotechproducer Harmony Gold, the franchise will be available in a handsomely-designed collector’s set featuring all 85 re-mastered episodes of the engaging and dramatic anime classic.

_robotechcompleteseriesdvd_1320215362For a chance to win, you just have to do two things...

1) "Like" JustPressPlay on Facebook (or click "Like" on the Facebook box in the upper left-hand corner) - and a tweet wouldn't hurt. Wink.

2) Leave a comment on this article or the post for this contest on our  Facebook wall telling us your favorite film or TV show with a giant robot

The contest ends on November 23rd, 2011. One entry per person. Many will enter few will win. By few, we mean 1. Entry for contest must be left as a comment on this contest (article) to be counted. Winners will be notified via e-mail. If the winner does not respond with one week to claim their prize, a new winner will be chosen, or whatever.

Lex Walker • Editor

He's a TV junkie with a penchant for watching the same movie six times in one sitting. If you really want to understand him you need to have grown up on Sgt. Bilko, Alien, Jurassic Park and Five Easy Pieces playing in an infinite loop. Recommend something to him - he'll watch it.


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